Have you ever sat down and wondered why you do what you do, and why you’re not enjoying it?
I started off my writing journey back in 2013 with this blog, and for a long time, I’d look forward to posting an update or a guide for my readers. However, back in 2017, I left my full-time position and decided to pursue earning money from my blog and turn it into a full-time thing.
I’m going to be straight up with you here. Unless you’ve already got regular writing contracts with your blog, solid affiliate links that you know people are going to use, and regular guest posters that pay you, it’s not going to be an easy ride. I wish that I knew this before I started doing what I do.
Anyway, since I discovered that it’s not all fun and games like many people make it out to be, I decided to look for content writing work that was paid. After all, I loved writing and that’s one of the reasons I quit my job.
After some time (and some major disappointments, believe me), I found a regular writing job with a content agency. At first I was enthralled and I thought to myself “I’ve finally made it”. Now though, I realise that even though I’m doing what I set out to do, writing isn’t fun anymore.
In one day I could go from writing about DIY posts to finance and injury lawyers and quite frankly, it screws with your mind. Doing this day in and day out quickly becomes tedious, and that’s why I don’t enjoy it like I used to. I’ve lost the joy I used to feel whenever I’d start a new blog post and that’s a shame!
So, what now?
While I appreciate having paid writing work, it’s time to make some changes so that I can regain my love for writing and my passion in what I do. So, if you’re feeling the same way as me, or even in a little bit of a rut, try out these tips to see if you can bring back that spark you once felt:
Make time for your blog to write personally. While it’s important to complete your paid work to earn money, you still need to show your readers that you’re not all about monetising your blog. Not only that, when you’re writing about something you care about it helps you realise why you did it in the first place.
Remember why you started doing it in the first place – believe me, this helps me find the get-up and go I need!
Do something fun whether it’s paid or not for your blog. There are so many companies looking for bloggers to write a fun post about something, or perhaps even review their products. Check out Bloggers Required daily for some epic opportunities!
Take time for yourself to find inspiration. There’s no point in trying to write if you’re uninspired. Take the kids for a walk, see a movie, or even (and this is a personal favourite) people watch in a coffee shop.
Join a writers group on social media. I’m a member of many groups on Facebook and seeing others can be both inspiring and comforting.
Talk to a fellow blogger! One of the best parts about blogging is that you stumble upon many other likeminded bloggers and befriend them. Whenever I’m feeling hopeless I always chat with one of my bloggy friends and it really does help.
Don’t force yourself – you won’t write anything worth reading.
Don’t rush a post on your blog. Even if that means spending a few days writing what you want to say. Sometimes, these posts are the best.
Spend time reconnecting with your followers on social media, and even trying to build up your following. A sad but true fact, is that people will unfollow you at some point or another – and for many different reasons. However, gaining new followers will generate excitement which may help you write!
To sum up…
It’s important not to force yourself to write something personal on your blog if you simply don’t feel like it. However, to regain your love of writing again, it might be a good idea to try out some of these tips, or even consider cutting back the writing you’re doing. Make time to find yourself as a writer again!